As of Thursday, the average gas price in Kansas stood as the fifth lowest in the nation at $1.99. This marks the first time in over five and a half years that the price was below $2, said Jim Hanni, Topeka-based AAA spokesman.
Rather than sit back and wait until federal guidelines are a done deal, Jim Johnson decided to take a proactive stance.
CLAFLIN - A rural Barton County man who was on his way to work saw a suspicious pickup leaving the Claflin Lumber Yard around 6 a.m. Monday and decided he would follow. As a result, a stolen solar panel and a stolen trailer were recovered, according to Barton County Undersheriff Bruce Green.
Two Great Bend men's lives were forever changed by a drunk driver nearly two years ago. Today, accident victims Michael Tysver and Cody Clark, along with their families, continue to deal with the aftermath.
At 1:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire at 301 Locust St. in Great Bend. Icy roads and lightly falling snow met the responders who made their way to the southeast section of the city.
Curtis Wolf, director of the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, was pleasantly surprised at the turnout for the rescheduled bird count that was cancelled Dec. 18 due to snow and wet weather. This event is part of the nationwide Audubon Christmas Bird Count, which started Dec. 14 and continues through Jan. 5. Data from the count is used to monitor the health of populations.
Two people told the Great Bend Police that packages were stolen from their front porches on Christmas Eve. The thefts were reported Wednesday, Dec. 24, at 3626 23rd St. and at 4500 Quail Creek Dr.
The Y-shaped intersection just west of Ellinwood has been troubled for years. Local residents and officials even consider the junction dangerous.
Barton County Office Buildings will be closed Thursday in observance of the New Year's holiday. The Records Division of the Sheriff's Office, the Health Department and the Landfill will be closed at this same time. Emergency services will be in normal operation.
It was good news for Barton County commissioners Monday morning.
Citing the need to keep and attract good employees, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved pay increases for county employees. The raises amount to roughly 4 percent.
Area law enforcement agencies will be running full crews on New Year's Eve, keeping an eye out for drunk drivers.
Nearly 100 years after President Woodrow Wilson called Americans to arms in a great crusade "to make the world safe for democracy," there are reminders of the Argonne Offensive.
In homes across Barton County Kansas, children woke in anticipation of what presents they would receive. For most, a brightly decorated tree filled the center of a room in their home. Many families traveled, some a great distance to be together, and food was present in abundance. Some had to work that day and the farmers who have livestock still needed to check those animals. For some, attending a Christmas Eve, or Christmas morning service was part of the tradition. But around the world, because of the work of an Ellinwood organization, Star of Hope, Christmas was celebrated with many ...
Two former area law enforcement officers faced charges in Barton County District Court this year. One case has been resolved, and another is pending.
The Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit, "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shaped America," and a local exhibit on hometown "Heros on the Sideline" opened Saturday at the Ellinwood School/Community Library, located at 210 N. Schiller Ave.
Central Kansas CASA will reach a milestone this year, celebrating its 30th year of helping area children. On Saturday, Feb. 7, the nonprofit organization will reach another milestone, holding its 10th annual Chocolate Auction.
Jury selection starts Monday for the trial of Jeffrey Wade Chapman, who is charged with the first-degree murder of 25-year-old Damon Galyardt. District Judge Ron Svaty said 220 potential jurors have been summoned.
The Great Bend Fire Department responded two small structure fires, one Wednesday and one Thursday, each resulting in about $500 damage.
The future of Fort Riley will be the subject of a town hall meeting Feb. 9 in Junction City. Barton Community College representatives plan to attend and be heard as officials from the Department of the Army listen to community members' input on how possible personnel reductions on the base could affect them.
Last May, Governor Sam Brownback issued an executive order declaring a drought emergency in most of Kansas. That order, which includes Barton County remains in effect, said Barton County Emergency Management Director Amy Miller.
The Hoisington City Council met Monday night and finally approved a resolution to approve the option to purchase real-estate between the city and Housing Opportunities Inc. for $21,500. The approval had been held up because of legal concerns over wording of the agreement which have since been worked out between the parties. This paves the way for additional duplex units to be constructed in Hoisington. The council also approved an option and sale contract to purchase property located at 309 E. Fifth for use by the city. A lien that had previously held up this agreement has been resolved.
In response to the whooping cough outbreak that has cause on death in Barton County, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has provided the Barton County Health Department additional pertussis vaccine supplies to prevent the disease.
With renovation at the Great Bend Public Library underway, staff are busy moving books and other essentials to the temporary outpost at 3407 10th St.
TOPEKA – Showing a continued strong jobs market, Kansas' December seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.2 percent, unchanged from the November revised unemployment rate and down from 4.9 percent in December 2013, the Kansas Department of Labor reported.
Be Well Barton County welcomed David Toland, executive director of Thrive Allen County, to a special meeting Tuesday that included several community leaders from Great Bend, Hoisington and Ellinwood.
Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 3.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.82 Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.3 cents in the last week to $2.02.
WASHINGTON, D. C. – The leadership of the United States House of Representatives Monday made appointments to numerous House committees for the 114th Congress, including Kansas First District Congressman Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler.
ELLINWOOD - Twenty-one crates from the Smithsonian Institution arrived at the Ellinwood School/Community Library on Monday. Inside those crates was an American story: the story of athletes, coaches and the fans who cheer them on. The traveling exhibit, "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shaped America," will open officially at 10 a.m. Saturday at the library, located at 210 N. Schiller Ave., but those who attend the Chamber of Commerce Coffee at 10 a.m. on Friday can get a sneak peek at the artifacts and over 200 photographs from the Smithsonian's collection highlighting Americans and their love for sports.
It was sobering news Barton County Health Director Shelly Schneider delivered to the County Commission Monday morning. The county, she said, is in the midst of a whooping cough outbreak.